Chesapeake announces third fatality in Texas well accident
A third worker has died after a fire at a Chesapeake Energy well in Texas on Wednesday, the company reported Monday morning.
Meanwhile, the mother of one of the victims has filed a case in district court at Burleson County, Texas, related to the accident.
The case requests a judge to issue a temporary restraining order that would require Chesapeake to preserve on-scene and other evidence related to what happened.
The application, filed by Linda Milanovich on behalf of her son, Windell Beddingfield, also asks the judge to issue an order that would allow attorneys representing her and her son access to the site to conduct an investigation of their own.
It was not clear by midday Monday whether the case had been scheduled to be heard.
For its part, the statement issued Monday by Chesapeake indicated an investigation is underway to determine what caused the fire at the Eagle Ford Shale field site.
Chesapeake said the accident happened while workover operations were being conducted by Chesapeake contractors C.C. Forbes and Eagle Pressure Control on the well.
One contractor died at the scene of the accident on Wednesday. The second died Thursday evening, while the third died sometime after Friday afternoon.
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Chesapeake’s statement Monday didn’t indicate the status of the fourth victim, although the company indicated in Friday’s statement that those who were still alive were receiving treatment in regional medical centers. Company officials have not identified the victims, and a spokesman declined to comment on Milanovich's case Monday afternoon.
“Our thoughts and prayers remain with those impacted,” Monday's statement read.